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RSA boycott splits security industry on tactic's effectiveness

Antone Gonsalves | Jan. 13, 2014
Some see protest as justified, others believe it to be impulse reaction to reports of RSA collaboration with NSA.

"As it was said in the 60s, if you aren't part of the solution you are part of the problem," he said. "Those pulling their talks are ultimately part of the problem, because they are effectively removing their voice and platform from the discussion on the solution."

Staying in the conversation is riskier because people who are anti-RSA now could later find themselves agreeing with what was done, which could upset customers, followers or readers, Jennex said.

"Favor the brave who keep themselves relevant and part of the debate," he said.

Critics claim the NSA is violating the privacy rights of Americans through its massive surveillance of Internet activity and telecommunications. Revelations of alleged NSA abuse stem from documents made available last year to select media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


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